RAPAPORT... Lonrho Mining Ltd. recovered a 131.50-carat gem-quality diamond and a 38.30-carat rough stone from its Lulo concession in Angola.
Both were recovered from bulk sampling, with the largest diamond being the biggest rough diamond ever recovered by Lonrho at this property. The 38.30-carat stone was its third biggest recovery so far.
Lonrho's managing director Miles Kennedy said, ''The recovery of such a spectacular 131.50-carat diamond highlights both the prospectivity of the diamondiferous gravels in the Cacullo River Valley and, more significantly, the kimberlite pipe that shed this stone.
''Given the incredible size of this diamond there is little doubt the kimberlite source is very close by,'' he concluded.